Is it actually needed?

The short answer is usually yes, but not always. There are two key facts worth knowing before the subject of planning permission for industrial temporary buildings is explored.

Fact 1: Unless you’re planning to have your temporary building installed within a National Park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (known as ‘designated land’), the size limit for permitted development is a gross floor space of 200 square metres.

Fact 2: Even if the building you need is relatively small (a 10m x 20m, for example) and lies within the size limit, if it is to stand for more than 28 days you will still need to apply for permission. For short-term hire requirements up to 3 months, visit our Storage Structures page.

Planning Advice Service

There are various other site-specific conditions that you can read in the planning section of the government website that take into consideration other factors such as boundaries and access. However, these are open to interpretation, and the local planning authority will still need to be notified on completion of the building, so it’s usually worth employing the services of an experienced consultant to manage the process. Aganto has a long-standing partnership with the third-party consultant firm Mosaic Town Planning to assist clients with the planning stage and obtaining approval.  Successful approval is typically achieved within 12-weeks, allowing installation to go ahead quickly and efficiently.

Planning DIY

If you decide to go down the route of applying for approval yourself, Aganto supplies a set of CAD drawings with every contract as standard, and other information to form the basis of your application. The team is happy to assist with application forms, sourcing additional plans and drawings, or can even speak to the council on your behalf.

A complete set of structural calculations can be supplied to demonstrate how the buildings maintain their integrity in accordance with the latest BSEN1991 standards for UK snow and wind loads. The robust aluminium frames carry a 10-year guarantee and is built to the needs of the individual site. A windy and exposed site in Scotland for example, will be based on a different set of calculations, so the build structure will be altered accordingly. All roof, wall and floor systems conform to British Fire and Safety Codes, and documentation can be provided to substantiate this.

What about retrospective planning?

Some businesses with an urgent requirement – eg. replacement of a fire damaged building – may choose the apply for retrospective planning. Proof will need to be shown that the building is needed urgently or for an emergency. Genuine retrospective applications are usually granted, but this approach does run the risk of an enforcement notice and early removal of the building, so it is always recommended to apply in advance of the build if possible.

Special IMHX Promo OfferIMHX 2019

At the UK’s largest intralogistics show at Birmingham’s NEC 24-27 September, the team will be on the Aganto stand 19H128 to answer any planning-related questions. Please do enquire if you wish to make an appointment in advance of the event. Don’t forget to take advantage of the special IMHX promo offer – just pick up one of the goodie bags from the stand or a promotional flyer to get FREE planning advice with your order until 30th November 2019, subject to T&Cs. You can register to attend by visiting the IMHX website.


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